Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: Scotland's route map update - 9 July 2020

This publication sets out the move to Phase 3 in Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis.

This document is part of a collection

Guide to re-opening and scaling up over Phase 3

Not all details are shown. Please refer to guidance and Q&A for more details.

Relevant guidance and public health advice (such as physical distancing rules and enhanced hygiene measures) will apply to all changes shown below.

Confirmed dates

Friday 10 July

Mandatory face coverings in shops and other retail.

Outdoors – a household can meet up to 4 other households at a time – up to 15 people in total.

Indoors – a household can meet up to 2 other households at a time – up to 8 people in total. This includes overnight stays.

A household can meet up to 4 other households per day in total.

The limit on the number of other households you can meet per day (indoors or outdoors) does not apply to young people who are under 18.

Children aged 11 or under no longer need to physically distance indoors. Young people aged 12-17 must continue to physically distance.

Extended Households: All non cohabiting partners (and any children under 18 in the household) can form extended households without physical distancing.

Monday 13 July

Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing).

All dental practices may begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care. Urgent care centres will continue to provide aerosol generating procedures.

Organised outdoor contact sports, play and physical activity can resume for children and young people under 18 (subject to guidance).

Face-to-face youth work can resume outdoors (following relevant guidance).

Wednesday 15 July

Places of worship can re-open for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation with physical distancing and limited numbers.

Museums, galleries, monuments, libraries, various other visitor attractions, cinemas (including drive-ins and venues screening films) – with physical distancing and other measures (e.g. ticketing in advance).

Hairdressers and barbers can re-open – with enhanced hygiene measures.

All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements.

Indoor hospitality can reopen (subject to physical distancing rules and guidance).

All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance).

Easing of restrictions on attendance at funerals, marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations with physical distancing (limited numbers). Associated receptions are subject to restrictions on hospitality and household meetings.

Wednesday 22 July

Universities and colleges – Phased return to on campus learning as part of a blended model with remote teaching. Public health measures (including physical distancing) in place.

Other personal retail services such as beauticians and tailors can re-open – with enhanced hygiene measures.

Motorcycle instruction and theory/hazard tests can resume. Tractor driver instruction can resume.

An update on the remaining Phase 3 changes will take place on 30 July

Not before 31 July

Non-essential offices and call centres can re-open following implementation of relevant guidance (including physical distancing). Working from home and working flexibly remain the default.

Live events (outdoors) – with physical distancing and restricted numbers.

Note: this broad category is under review to determine which types of events are safe to resume slightly earlier.

Bingo halls (with physical distancing).

Driving lessons to resume.

Live events (indoors) – with physical distancing and restricted numbers.

Other indoor live-entertainment venues (e.g. theatres, music venues).

Indoor gyms – (with physical distancing and enhanced hygiene measures).

Resumption of non-professional adult outdoor contact sports.

Public Services continue to scale up and re-open safely including NHS Mobilisation Plan

Schools: From 11 August: Children to be able to return to school full time (conditional on on-going scientific and health advice.) The blended model of schooling remains a contingency plan.

Shielding: The changes above do not apply to people who are shielding. A separate table is available which sets out the planned changes to guidance for people who have been advised to shield.

Public transport continues to scale up to full services during this phase with a move to 1 metre physical distancing, subject to appropriate risk mitigations, releasing further capacity in vehicles and vessels.



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